42 Songs, 2 Hours 9 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Twenty-eight years before O Brother, Where Art Thou?, West Coast country-rockers the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band brought old-school country and bluegrass to the modern-day mainstream by cutting a double album with first-gen country heroes (Roy Acuff, Maybelle Carter) and bluegrass originators (Jimmy Martin, Earl Scruggs). Tackling country classics mostly from the catalogs of the participants, the record bridges generations with its honest, unadorned acoustic feel and a torrent of timeless American tunes.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Twenty-eight years before O Brother, Where Art Thou?, West Coast country-rockers the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band brought old-school country and bluegrass to the modern-day mainstream by cutting a double album with first-gen country heroes (Roy Acuff, Maybelle Carter) and bluegrass originators (Jimmy Martin, Earl Scruggs). Tackling country classics mostly from the catalogs of the participants, the record bridges generations with its honest, unadorned acoustic feel and a torrent of timeless American tunes.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

bradley300 ,

must buy

for anyone that wants to tap into the roots of country music this album is a must. old timey/country/bluegrass standards covered by many of the artist that defined the genre from the begining. unbielvable talent only comparable to the group of artist in The Last Waltz concert, and the songs are amazingly well done and entertaining. recomend to music fan able to think outside the box and appreciate talent regardless of genre, you will be impressed!

Sedirkcam ,

Where Have I Been?

I spent the last 45 years as a Pink Floyd fan confident that Gilmore was The Guitarist.
This band and this album have shot that theory to hell.
This is without question, the best album I own.

#1 Zappa Fan ,

Set The Standard

Though the Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers were making country music and getting more notoriety about it, this is the album that set the standard.
A country/rock and roll band that paired up with some of the legends of the Country and Western music scene and they fit each other like a glove. No false pretensions on either sides part to gain a new or a wider audience.
Pure love and understanding of the genre makes this a classic album, that openned a lot of eyes of younger "rock" audience members at the time. First time many younger people were introduced to the music of Earl Scruggs, Merle Travis, Mother Maybelle Carter, Roy Acuff, and Doc Watson.
Pure love of country and western music allowed the Dirt Band to join up with these giants and become their equals throughout the album, instead of mere sidemen.

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